Master of Music in Composition

The Master of Music in Composition prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of composition and arranging.

Comprehensive Master’s-Level Exit Exam (0 Units) 1
Core Courses
GMUS 500Introduction to Graduate Research Methods3
Students enroll in GMUS 501A or B, and GMUS 502 A or B, depending upon diagnostic entrance exam results.
GMUS 501ASeminar in Musicology: The Renaissance3
or GMUS 501B Seminar in Musicology: The Baroque
GMUS 502ASeminar in Musicology: The Nineteenth Century3
or GMUS 502B Seminar in Musicology: The Twentieth Century
GMUS 503Advanced Analysis of Form and Style3
Additional Courses
GMUS 504Advanced Orchestration3
GMUS 505Advanced Choral Arranging3
GMUS 520Applied Instruction I (2 units each semester)8
GMUS 544Music Technology Seminar3
Electives or Piano 24
Composition RecitalN/C
Total Units33

This exam must be taken and passed by all master’s degree candidates in the last semester of their degree coursework in order to graduate with the Master of Music in Composition from Azusa Pacific University.


Students with adequate skills as determined by the diagnostic entrance exam may take electives other than piano. Elective courses may be selected from any of Azusa Pacific University’s graduate programs with the approval of the associate chair of graduate studies. Classes must be numbered 500 or higher.